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October 1959

Personality Patterns of Psychiatrists:

AMA Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1959;1(4):452-453. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1959.03590040122016

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These stimulating volumes present the report of a research project on the selection of residents done at the Menninger School of Psychiatry, together with a thorough discussion of the issues involved in the research and in the general problem of selecting psychiatric residents. The project represents a major undertaking covering a ten-year period, involving the authors as well as several collaborators and assistants. To simplify presentation, the report is divided into two volumes. The first, containing a general account of the study with important supporting material and designed so that it can be read by itself, will prove sufficient for the general reader. The second volume, arranged as a series of appendices to the first, offers further details, with extensive statistical tabulations and discussion of various less central issues.

The opening section sketches the background of the study. It points up the difficulties and the crucial importance of selection,

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